Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and the gang are finally going to get a chance to see Baylor's high-powered offense firsthand.
According to BearsIllustrated.com's Twitter feed, the ESPN College GameDay crew have committed to a trip to Stillwater next week, where the Bears will look to move to 10-0 against No. 12 Oklahoma State:
College Gameday in Stillwater for Baylor and Oklahoma State.— bearsillustrated.com (@baylorfoxsports) November 17, 2013
The Bears head into Stillwater barreling their way into national championship conversation. Currently ranked No. 5 in the BCS standings, Baylor will likely move to No. 4 on Sunday after its 63-34 walloping of Texas Tech and Stanford's loss to USC on Saturday.
Art Briles' high-powered offense has now scored at least 60 points in six of its nine games this season. No other team in the nation has hit the 60 mark more than half that number.
Quarterback Bryce Petty has accounted for 10 total touchdowns over the past two weeks—games that were supposed to represent the Bears' biggest challenges. Petty leads the nation in quarterback rating, has thrown just one interception all season and is hanging on the edges of the Heisman race. He's also kept the Bears offense humming despite the absences of elite running back duo Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin.
Only once all season have the Bears won a game by fewer than four touchdowns.
On the other side sits an Oklahoma State squad that has thrived despite turmoil and injuries at numerous positions. Senior Clint Chelf has attempted to bring stability under center, completing 16 of his 22 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns while adding 95 yards and two scores on the ground in the Cowboys' win over Texas.
Mike Gundy's squad came into Week 12 ranking inside the top 20 in points allowed and points scored per game.
Football Outsiders' advanced metrics also indicate Baylor could be in for its toughest test. The Cowboys ranked as the 15th-best defensive team in the nation heading into this week, a contest in which they forced three turnovers against the No. 24 Longhorns. Suffice it to say Petty's good turnover fortune could be in jeopardy.
While this is a marquee matchup befitting the GameDay honor, the Week 13 slate mostly forced the producers' hand. The only other feasible option would be heading to Baton Rouge for Texas A&M-LSU or hanging out in Los Angeles for Arizona State's attempt to unseat UCLA.
But as soon as Baylor began pulling ahead of Texas Tech on Saturday, the pieces fell into place. The Bears' shocking ascent coupled with a rabid fanbase in Stillwater determined to end the Cinderella story make this a perfect storm for the GameDay crew.
Plus, I for one am looking forward to an enterprising Cowboys fan photoshopping a Richard Petty mustache onto Bryce Petty's face. That's enough to make the trip worth it alone.
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